China's State Council drives military-industrial development

22 July 2016

China's State Council has published a new policy document outlining a plan to achieve greater levels of defence industrial development as a driver of military capability.

The policy, released 21 July, places emphasis on leveraging China's long-term industrial reform strategy - called civil-military integration (CMI) - to enable the country's military-industrial complex to advance to higher levels of development.

The CMI strategy has been in place for more than a decade and is intended, in part, to overcome Western military sales embargoes by adapting commercial technologies, techniques and products for military purposes. This, in turn, is intended to support China's goal to enhance its global influence.

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